tidy

adjective
ti·dy | \ˈtī-dē \
tidier; tidiest

Definition of tidy 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : neat and orderly in appearance or habits : well ordered and cared for

b : methodical, precise a tidy mind

2 : large, substantial a tidy profit

3 : adequately satisfactory : acceptable, fair a tidy solution to their problem

4 : properly filled out : plump

tidy

verb
tidied; tidying

Definition of tidy (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to put in order tidy up a room

intransitive verb

: to make things tidy tidying up after supper

tidy

noun
plural tidies

Definition of tidy (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a usually compartmentalized receptacle for various small objects

2 : a piece of fancywork used to protect the back, arms, or headrest of a chair or sofa from wear or soil

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Other Words from tidy

Adjective

tidily \ˈtī-də-lē \ adverb
tidiness \ˈtī-dē-nəs \ noun

Verb

tidier noun

Examples of tidy in a Sentence

Adjective

He has always been a tidy person. She earns a tidy salary. They paid a tidy sum for the house.

Verb

I tidied the house before they arrived.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The New Orleans-style house is huge, located in a tidy cul-de-sac, and a stones throw away from Lake Waco on the north side of town. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "A parent's pain over his imprisoned football star son," 10 July 2018 Weeding and a $3 bag of mulch can go a long way to making your gardens look tidy. Melissa Rolland, courant.com, "Projects That Don't Break The Bank," 19 June 2018 Gareth Southgate is in the dugout, keeping his vest tidy. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 But blaming Blair for tweeting out the story in the first place might be a little too tidy and lets us all off a little too easy. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Plane Bae: how an in-flight matchmaker broke the internet," 6 July 2018 Arguably the best metrics on the team, Lahoud had the second-best passing accuracy on the team and was tidy and confident on the ball once again while taking the third-most touches for Cincinnati. Cincinnati.com, "Player ratings for FC Cincinnati's 3-3 draw against Toronto FC II," 28 June 2018 Google’s app for controlling all the services and devices tied to a Chromecast Audio isn’t as tidy as the one Sonos offers, which can make this slightly more cumbersome to control. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica Father’s Day gift guide," 13 June 2018 But thanks to toys, books, clothes, and crafts, children's rooms can feel especially disastrous — especially since a certain little guy or gal never seems to be keen on keeping it tidy. Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, "9 New Rules for Decluttering a Kid's Room — And Keeping It That Way," 19 Jan. 2016 The body styling has some compact cuteness that wraps around an upright format as tidy and functional as an American Tourister roller bag — ready to travel with a hard shell that feels secure and refined. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The physical therapists and occupational therapists and nurses and that woman Bianca who tidied up, telling him about her son, the high school basketball player. Mike Jensen, Philly.com, "Former Temple big man Ron Rollerson, having lost a leg, finds a new sport," 24 May 2018 In every World Cup city, there were signs that the local government had made an effort to tidy up. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "Peeking Around Corners in the World Cup’s Provincial Cities," 14 July 2018 They were spotted tidying up the stadiums after their matches. Fox News, "Gutfeld: Trump is succeeding and it's the media's nightmare," 24 June 2018 Wash the dishes; tidy up after playtime; be extra creative and fun - habits from my own babysitting days, gleaned from a family expectation of strong work ethic. chicagotribune.com, "Teens face a gender pay gap, too. Here's how to help them navigate it.," 13 June 2018 Maybe modern masculinity really is fragile enough that men can’t tidy up without pretending to symbolically slay the great mother dragon, embodiment of chaos, in an epic battle for order. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 Japanese fans also did their part, continuing their tradition of tidying up the stands following games. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Team Japan Leaves Locker Room Spotless and Pens Thank You Note After Crushing World Cup Loss," 3 July 2018 Freddie yelled over to Dean Dise, who was tidying up his own boat in the next slip. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 Under $250: A robot vacuum that can mop too A good robot vacuum helps keep your floors tidy in between deep cleanings, and this one from iLife goes a step further by mopping too! Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "Here are Amazon's 5 best deals right now," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The appeal of my WeWork space is fairly obvious: Someone else maintains the free coffee, waters the plants, and tidies up the sun dappled work spaces. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Why WeWork Has to Pay Up for Rapid Growth," 25 Apr. 2018 The most popular affordable robot vacuum A good robot vacuum can help you keep your home tidy between deep cleanings, and the Eufy RoboVac 11+ is the #1 best-selling robot vacuum on Amazon right now. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best Amazon deals for the first day of spring," 20 Mar. 2018 The truth escapes them that within a month, their designer efforts will be covered in old pizza boxes and dirty clothes exactly like the other rooms -- until mom shows up a day early for homecoming and tidies things up a bit. Beth Thames, AL.com, "Oprah for president? She's served her country already," 10 Jan. 2018 YOUR PROPERTY TIDY Have the lawn mowed, the plants watered and the pool cleaned. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "How to Protect Your House When You’re on Vacation," 14 July 2017 Buy Photo Erica Tunnell’s tidy row home in the Overbrook section of the city was swarmed Saturday by environmental activists, students and public health experts. Chris Mondics, Philly.com, "Activists, community groups test for lead," 24 June 2017

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First Known Use of tidy

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1821, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tidy

Adjective

Middle English, timely, in good condition, from tide time

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More Definitions for tidy

tidy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tidy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: clean and organized : not messy

: keeping things clean and organized

of an amount of money : fairly large

tidy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tidy (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make (something) tidy : to make (something) clean and organized

tidy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tidy (Entry 3 of 3)

: a container for storing small items

tidy

adjective
ti·dy | \ˈtī-dē \
tidier; tidiest

Kids Definition of tidy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : well ordered and cared for : neat

2 : large, substantial a tidy sum

Other Words from tidy

tidiness noun

tidy

verb
tidied; tidying

Kids Definition of tidy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make things neat

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